from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To shake with a slight, rapid, tremulous movement. See Synonyms at shake.
  • n. The act or motion of quivering.
  • n. A portable case for holding arrows.
  • n. A case full of arrows.
  • n. A collection or store; arsenal: a quiver of ready responses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Nimble, active.
  • n. A container for arrows, crossbow bolts or darts, such as those fired from a bow, crossbow or blowgun.
  • n. A ready storage location for figurative tools or weapons.
  • n. The collective noun for cobras.
  • n. Shaking or moving with a slight trembling motion.
  • n. A multidigraph.
  • v. To shake or move with slight and tremulous motion; to tremble; to quake; to shudder; to shiver.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Nimble; active.
  • n. The act or state of quivering; a tremor.
  • n. A case or sheath for arrows to be carried on the person.
  • intransitive v. To shake or move with slight and tremulous motion; to tremble; to quake; to shudder; to shiver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nimble; active; spry.
  • To quake; tremble; shake tremulously; shudder; shiver.
  • To flutter or be agitated with a tremulous motion.
  • Synonyms Quake, etc. See shiver.
  • n. The act or state of quivering; a tremulous motion; a tremor; a flutter; a shudder; a shiver.
  • n. A case for holding arrows or crossbow-bolts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
  • n. case for holding arrows
  • n. the act of vibrating
  • v. shake with fast, tremulous movements
  • n. a shaky motion
  • v. move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
  • v. move back and forth very rapidly


Middle English quiveren, perhaps from quiver, nimble (from Old English cwifer-).
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman quiveir, variant of Old French cuivre, from Old Low Franconian cocar, probably from Medieval Latin cucurum, probably from Hunnish; akin to Mongolian kökür.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English quiver, from Anglo-Norman quiveir (compare Old French quivre, cuevre, coivre "quiver"), of Germanic origin (perhaps via Late Latin cucurum "quiver"), from Low Frankish *kokari "quiver, case for arrows" from Proto-Germanic *kukārijaz, from Proto-Germanic *kukur- (“container, case”). Akin to Old High German kohhar, kohhari "quiver" (German Köcher "quiver"), Old Saxon kokari "quiver", Old Dutch cocar "quiver" (Dutch koker "quiver"), Old English cocer, cocur "quiver, container, case, sheath". More at cocker. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English cwiver, from Old English *cwifer (Wiktionary)
From Middle English quiveren, probably from the adjective. (Wiktionary)



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    July 29, 2012

  • A case for holding or carrying arrows, or the arrows carried in said case. May also refer to a collection of surfboards or skateboards.

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  • A group of cobras

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  • ...and don't forget that ever-racy color: vermillion. ;oP

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  • my favorite word from my trashy novel era..... "his manhood quivered at the sight of her virginal breast"

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  • Then Crown'd again thir gold'n Harps they took,
    Harps ever tun'd, that glittering by thir side
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    December 19, 2006